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  • Summary: On his second full-length release, British singer-songwriter James Mathé introduced drum machines, keyboards, and synths to the largely acoustic sound he had established on his debut disc.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
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  1. Aug 5, 2013
    A great example of someone following their musical instincts into new areas and finding success, Bloodlines is also a highlight of the year so far.
  2. Aug 8, 2013
    As reserved as it is remorseful and romantic, Bloodlines is a moving, grand achievement.
  3. His reinvention nears Hot Chip’s disco-pop on ‘Pagliaccio’, flirts with hip-hop via the big beat and looping riff of ‘Turbine’, and blends lyrical emotiveness with slow-tempo electronic touches on ‘SIHFIY’.
  4. Aug 5, 2013
    Although Bloodlines takes its time to get under your skin, when it does, it sinks in deep.
  5. Uncut
    Aug 5, 2013
    The post-punkish synth-funk of "Pagliaccio" and the "Unchained Melody"-referencing 6/8-time epic "Saviour Self" adds variety, but beneath the sonic modernism lies an artist rather too eager to be Hot Chip's more earnest little brother. [Sep 2013, p.85]
  6. Q Magazine
    Aug 20, 2013
    If there's a flaw, it's that Mathe's songwriting is more conventional than the arrangements. But there's no denying the emotion behind his heartfelt croon. [Sep 2013, p.97]
  7. 60
    Although Bloodlines is a solid effort, it never seems to really take flight; alternately quiet and bold, it can’t seem to decide whether it wants to be a testament to Mathè’s artistic transformation or a kind of tentative experiment, to be abandoned if it doesn’t pan out.

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